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4.0 out of 5 stars A SUITABLE TALE FOR A COMEDY FILM
For people who didn't like this book, the question you have to ask is, how many more times does 'The Rolling Stones Story' have to be retold. Each telling adds to the confusion with contradictory accounts. I enjoyed the book. It was interesting for this reason; it was written by a person who didn't like the music they produced and whose professional association related to...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Family history
How can a perceptive person,write an indulgent book like this?The first 65 pages are inconsequential,eye glazing oh so boring family detail and other stuff,that you wonder when any meaningful detail about the Stones will appear.It does and the reality is that Mick,of them all was the most concerned about their money or lack of it and how that could be given their...
Published 6 months ago by brian marlow


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4.0 out of 5 stars A SUITABLE TALE FOR A COMEDY FILM, 3 Jun 2013
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This review is from: A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures (Hardcover)
For people who didn't like this book, the question you have to ask is, how many more times does 'The Rolling Stones Story' have to be retold. Each telling adds to the confusion with contradictory accounts. I enjoyed the book. It was interesting for this reason; it was written by a person who didn't like the music they produced and whose professional association related to business and was business-like. He appears to provide a very lucid account with descriptions of the band that appear to be honest. It was refreshing that there isn't the usual homo-erotic hagiography, hero-worshipping narrative about'the rock gods'. It enabled the reader to see the Stones from a non-musical perspective, and also, to understand better some of the issues surrounding decisions relating to their career. The book provides a vivd impression of them as young talented musicians, making a living, and how they grow up, but most of all it places them in the real world.
I read a report that Mick was annoyed with this publication, but I don't think the author has said anything that makes any of the band appear foolish. On the contrary, it was Mick's approach to Prince Rupert that saved the band from bankruptcy and destruction. His assessment of Keith is also interesting. It is a pity that there isn't more detail about the contractual problems with Klien as I found this information fascinating. It is also a funny book, and has the potential of being made into a comedy film.
We have Mick and Rupert to thank for the Stones long career.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Family history, 13 Jan 2014
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How can a perceptive person,write an indulgent book like this?The first 65 pages are inconsequential,eye glazing oh so boring family detail and other stuff,that you wonder when any meaningful detail about the Stones will appear.It does and the reality is that Mick,of them all was the most concerned about their money or lack of it and how that could be given their success.The answer is prosaic,predictable and over some years,sorted.Exciting? No.Long winded?Very.The author closes with another sleep inducing history of his family.I think this book was written for his relatives with the Stones sandwiched between.The publishers commissioning editor should be fired for inflicting this padded book on to the public
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring......., 31 Mar 2013
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Didn't quite know what to expect but certainly not an entertaining book. Quite hard to write a boring book about the Stones but he has certainly succeeded.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed, 30 Mar 2013
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I have been a Stones fan since I saw them in 63/64 at Eel Pie Island. I downloaded it to my kindle and went on holiday expecting to spend the days sheltering from the sun and reading some gory financial details about the band, and the way the record business worked. What a letdown! Having finished the book, I can only remember paragraphs about the restricted cost of post war lunches (11/6), lawyers hourly rates (50) and the price of a portrait being sold for 40. Oh, I forgot, someone asked what to do with a bag full of dollars!

How did the prince get the Stones away from Alan Klein, he doesn't say, but it did cost lots and take 18 years. A Prince Among StonesIf you want to read about Prince Rupert Loewenstein's family, who he knew and stayed with, this is the book for you. If you want to know about the financial side of touring and makng records, then do some research on the net, 'cos it's not in here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Much stony ground for Stones fans..., 23 Mar 2013
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Don't buy this book in the belief that it will provide much more than superficial insights into the Rolling Stones.

I had hoped for more - being in business myself and a Stones fan - but the book is largely a continuous namedropping paean to the cossetted and cocooned life of the European aristocracy.

A generation ago this would have been a vanity publication but the over-hyped Stones connection has given the book an undeserved commercial cachet.

Beware Stones fans......for me this was a waste of money and an opportunity lost by the writer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Video review for A Prince Among Stones..., 4 Mar 2013
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I made a video review for this book - you can watch it on Youtube, just type in "A Prince Among Stones" in YouTube search.

To a Non-Stones fan then there is not much reason to by this book unless you like German family history of which there is a great deal! and it's a 2 star review.To a Stones fan it's an interesting view on them by someone close to the deals, and it's a 3.5 out of 5 review...

My video review will tell you much more...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 10 July 2014
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Very meandering and only gets going when he writes about the Stones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Business with the Stones, 27 Jun 2014
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Its sounded like it would be a much more interesting book than it actually was, but probably still a "must" for Stones fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating, 10 Jun 2014
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A fascinating insight into the music industry's financial world and the incredible life of this Prince. Behind the scenes with the Rolling Stones is quite interesting, too!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Says On The Tin!, 9 Jun 2014
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I bought this book to gain an insight into the struggles that the Stones and their management had in order to gain control of their finances, and to achieve an income from their activities. Although there are obviously some passages that refer to these topics, they are not covered in any great detail (e.g. it is unclear if the Stones ever regained the copyright to their back catalogue of songs). However, there are lengthy - and very detailed - passages re name dropping ( all of whom seem to have claim to a royal titles related to very obscure European families) that becomes very, very boring after a while. My worst book purchase in years.
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